IRC 2023 Study Tour

Monday, October 23, 2023
to Friday, October 27, 2023
Florence, Italy
Category: Study Tours

2023 Study Tour, Florence

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the 2023 Study Tour to Florence, Italy, in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.


Coordinated by the IRC, the 2023 ARLIS/NA Study Tour will provide participants with the opportunity to discover notable and hidden libraries and archives within museums, artists workshops, universities, and government bodies within Florence, Italy. A hallmark of IRC Study Tours is behind-the-scenes tours that offer special access to collections as well as generous hospitality by hosts, and this trip promises an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The dates of the Study Tour are October 23-27, 2023.

Preliminary Itinerary

Group leaders Margherita Naim and Isotta Poggi are currently working on the tour schedule, including optional activities for Saturday, October 28. The following is a list of places we anticipate visiting:

  • Alinari Archive
  • Casalini Libri
  • The Historical Archives of the European Union (EUI)
  • Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI)
  • Laboratori della Fortezza Da Basso – Opificio Pietre Dure (OPD)
  • National Central Library (BNCF)
  • Polimoda – Library of the Fashion School in Florence
  • Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
  • Uffizi Art Library
  • Optional day trip on Sat, 10/28. Morning visit to 1-2 Medici Villas – La Petraia and/or Villa di Poggio a Caiano. Afternoon visit to the Centro Pecci in Prato, a contemporary art center. Return to Florence on Saturday evening.

Tour Information


Online registration is now closed. 


Your $350 deposit will be used toward group activities and local group transportation during the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Contact the ARLIS/NA office to request cancellation of your registration. Cancellations are subject to $50 processing fee.


Villa Liana is ready to take reservations. Write here: and book your room with the code ARLIS/NA. Our block is from October 21 to 29. If you want to stay longer, availability is not guaranteed.

They offered us most of the rooms in the main hotel here and a few rooms (at least 4) in the hotel partner (Hotel Alfieri 9, across the street /1 minute walk from Hotel Villa Liana In any case, the reference email address is always:

The price is 210 euros for a double room and 180 euros for a double room single use per night (tourist tax not included), breakfast included. Please specify whether you want a double room or a double room single use. 

Flight Arrangements

Please note that you should not purchase your ticket(s) until you receive an email from the group leader that the minimum number of participants (10) have been reached. Be sure to schedule your arrival on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the latest. You are responsible for booking and paying for your own flight.

ARLIS/NA and the Study Tour organizers are not responsible for travel to and from the Study Tour site and therefore are not able to issue any refunds for travel for any reason.


A Study Tour is a great opportunity to visit colleagues, their collections, and tour relevant cultural institutions while representing ARLIS/NA and your home institution. Past tours include library visits, business meetings, collections presentations, and are often in conjunction with conferences, symposiums, or colloquiums. Applications for ARLIS/NA Study Tours will be accepted for current ARLIS/NA members working or currently seeking employment as arts information professionals. Spouses, partners, or friends of Study Tour participants are welcome to travel with participants, however inclusion in tour activities or special events is at the discretion of the hosts.

An agenda is constructed by the tour leader in conjunction with hosts in the chosen location. All items on the agenda are by formal invitation of the hosts and the following guidelines are recommended for all scheduled activities:

Participants are expected to participate in the agenda provided by the host(s) and plan to visit local sites either before or after the Study Tour.

Study Tour schedules often begin early in the morning and include multiple visits throughout the entire day. Sometimes meals are included, or time is allotted for meals on one’s own. It is important that all participants arrive at designated meeting points on time to keep the schedule accurate for all our hosts.

Participants should wear comfortable shoes for extensive walking and standing.

Please refrain from separating from the group while in transit between tour locations.

Our hosts often include their supervising directors, or other VIP administrators, in our meetings and tours.

Please be prepared to participate in discussions related to the arts information profession and follow all security rules provided by the host institution when invited to examine collections. Not all items on the agenda will be of interest to everyone in a group, however our hosts will expect the entire group to participate and will plan activities based on our full number. If a participant is unable to attend a scheduled part of the agenda, it is advised that the tour leader be informed before the activity. Participants are also recommended to send a note of regret to the host.

Many countries and cultures that we visit are very generous with receptions and souvenir gifts. It is recommended that participants bring business cards, brochures, and/or small hostess gifts that represent their institution. Participants should also plan to send thank you notes or emails after the trip is complete.

Contact the 2023 IRC Study Tour organizers for more information:

Laurel Bliss:

Margherita Naim:

Isotta Poggi: